Dallas County Queries | Jul-Dec 1998


I am searching for Lillian WILBURN. She was my great-aunt. Her father’s name was Milo WILBURN and her mother’s name was SARAH ANN ELIZABETH CLEMENT NORRIS WILBURN. When Sarah’s first husband died, she married Milo. They had Lillian and then divorced. When Lillian was of age, Sarah ran her off, which is the story that we have all been told. She was not heard from again. Later someone sent a picture of Lillian and her husband (we think) Leroy or Leon Johnson. I have been searching for this woman for two years and still have no leads I did find a Lillian Wilburn on the SSDI that had info stating the last know residence was Selma, AL. If there is anyone out there that can shed a little light on Aunt Lillian, I would be very grateful. 


I am searching for information on my grandfather and his ancestors. He was born Charles James Blum, October 29, 1856, in Selma, Dallas Co. Al. He was the son of Frederick and Margaretha Elizabeth Blum. They came to Selma after 1852 and had two sons, Charles James and Henry, born in Selma and maybe a daughter. I am wondering if anyone has any information on this family. I believe they eventually moved on to Pensacola, FL. Be glad to share information. 


I am looking for information on Levi Oley Martin. He was born 9-19-1882 in Central Mills Al. His parents were George Abner Martin and Annie N. Huggins. Thank You. 


My ancestor, Elmira (Mirah, Mariah) DUNN b. 1810 GA and a person I believe to be her brother, Joseph H. DUNN b. 1795 GA, arrived in Dallas Co. in 1822. Joseph bought land up near Summerfield and more northeast of Valley Grande. They both married into the Phelps HAYNES family in the 20s and moved over into Perry Co. Joseph later moved to Tallapoosa Co. and then to TX. Elmira ended up in MS. Need any family connections to Joseph H. and Elmira Dunn. 


Seeking info on descendants of Arthur Council Wingate b.1757 in NC. His wife died in 1816 in NC. In 1816 He moved to Alabama where he was appointed coroner of Dallas Co. on Feb. 23, 1818. He died in Dallas Co. in 1820. Arthur is not listed in the 1820 census of Dallas Co. Al. so we can only assume he died before it was taken. Only an Edward Wingate is listed in that census; I would also like info on him. Thank You Very Much. 


I am searching for info. on my grandmother JTAB. She is listed in the 1850 Dallas Co. census as being the 22 yr. old wife of H.S. Blackburn, a warehouse keeper from Tenn. At that time she had 2 children, W.J., a 2 yr. old male and A.A. (Adosia) a 5-month old F. I have been told that in later years Josephine either owned or ran a boarding house, but I have no proof. Any info. would be appreciated. 

Henry S.(Sherwood?) Blackburn was born in either Va or Tenn. in 1807 or 1808.  He married Josephine T. Adams in Dallas Co. on 11 July 1846.  He was involved in politics in Selma and is listed in the 1850 & 1860 Dallas Co. census.  I would like to know what the S stands for, where he was from & who his parents were.  Any help is appreciated. 


Looking for Joab Mosley/Moseley and wife Loney.  Had at least 3 children – Thomas, William (“Red Bill”), and Anne.  Joab came from the Carolinas and settled in Old Cahaba, AL where at least one child, William, was born.  Any help is appreciated. 


The main surname line I am researching is AVANT.  Francis AVANT’s widow was Elizabeth.  She remarried a LEOPARD ca. 1828 in Dallas County.  The AVANT children from her first marriage were:  Catherine M. Avant who married David D. DUMAS; Mary Avant who married James DOWNES;  Nancy Ann Avant (sometimes shown as Mary or Ann) married John G. O’NEAL;  Lucy T. Avant who married William Hall; Nathan T. Avant who married Theodocia Wilson (from Perry County);  John C. Avant who married Nancy MEREDITH.  I am hoping to learn additional information about the LEOPARD line that Elizabeth AVANT married into as a widow.  Two sons were born to the  Leopard union, William and Charles LEOPARD ca. 1828-1831.  John G. O’Neal was at one time the guardian of the 3 youngest Avant children and a landowner outside of Selma in the late 1840s. 

I am also trying to discover any additional information about the AVANT children who grew up in Dallas County possibly near Selma. Any information related to this query would be most appreciated. Thanks! 


John Marquis and Mamie Elizabeth Bailey Marquis lived in Selma late 1800s and early 1900s.  John died in 1905, Mamie in 1911.  Had seven children, Dotsie, Mary, Bess, Thelma, Margaret, John, Marius. Any info will be appreciated. 


Looking for any information on James Edward Wilson (my grandfather) born approximately 1901 in Selma, Alabama (Dallas County).  Parents:  William Howard Wilson and Ruby Estelle Edwards.  His mother, Ruby, was born in 1885 and died in 1926.  His father, William, is buried in Selma.  James had two brothers: Robert Rogan Wilson and William Howard Wilson. He also had two sisters: one named Elizabeth and the other name unknown.  Both sisters died in their youth.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  THANKS!!!! 


Seeking descendants of and info on Edward DAY, b 30 March 1760, lived in Loudoun Co., VA., about 18 miles from the fall of the Potomac River.  He applied for a Rev. War pension in Dallas Co., Al., 10 April 1837.  He is probably the brother to my GGG-grandfather Henson DAY as well as Matthew DAY, Ballard DAY and Zacharias DAY all the sons of Edward and Elenor DAY. 


Looking for information on Andrew Edward Walker who married Lenora Grace (Walker) Walker. They had 4 children Eschol Leicester, Charles E., Nellie and Ida. Lenora Grace’s parents were Harriett and John W. Walker. I am at a dead end! Thanks for any help. (Eschol Leicester is my grandfather). 


I am seeking information on the Hewston Plantation located in or near Elm Bluff, Dallas County, Selma, Alabama. Would like to know more about the plantation itself, the owner, and any African-Americans with the surname of Crocheron who may have worked that plantation or otherwise been associated with it. thank you, Karen Crocheron (Also would really like to know the origin of the Crocheron name.)


Looking for all information on the surnames of MEGGS/MEIGS, DIGBY, FONDREN and ETHEREDGE.  All have lived in Bibb County, Dallas County and Perry County, AL areas.  I know that the MEGGS/MEIGS moved to Texas between 1870 and 1880 as they are shown on the TX 1880 Census. Thank You! 

I am looking for information on Stephen MEGGS and Penelope ETHEREDGE MEGGS who were shown living in Severe Beat, Perry County, AL in the 1860 census and then were shown to be living in Athens, Dallas County, AL in the 1870 census.  In 1880 Penelope and their children are shown living in  Hill County, TX.  The census shows that Penelope is widowed. I do not find Penelope in the 1900 census.  Can anyone help me locate what happened to Stephen? And Penelope? Where are they buried?  They were married on April 25, 1854, in Perry County, AL. 


Seeking information on the following Dallas County ancestors:* WILLOUGHBY TODD  1813-1865
* JOHN THOMAS SR.  1790-1851
* TELITHA THOMAS MELTON (wf/ Langston Melton)  1811-?
* ELIZA E. BOGAN TODD  1815-1871

Willing to exchange information and/or photographs. Eager to hear from you. Thanks.


I am working on Lea, Moseley, Kelly and Day. I am also transcribing the 1850 Dallas County Census, so if someone has a query along that line, or can help me with some names that are hard to read, it would be appreciated. I have some family info and pictures on my website (below).

I am Nancy Cassandra Kenfield. My mother was Margaret Elizabeth Lea, of Orrville, and my grandparents were Henry Lewis Lea and Cassandra Day Lea (Orrville). Good work!!!


I am looking for any information on the Charles Carroll family. He married Sarah Johnson 1804 in Greene County, GA. Their son, Thomas Johnson Carroll, was born in Alabama in 1809, married Elizabeth Merrett Robertson 1828. Their son, Francis Lafayette Carroll, was born in Dallas County in 1831. Thank you.


Searching for information on Oswell WORKS who is listed in 1820 Dallas County, Alabama, census, 1830 census in Tuscaloosa County, Ala and 1840 census Pickens County, Ala. Wife, children, dates, anything.


Seeking information on the surname Milhous(e) and its relationship to plantation(s) and on African-American slaves who may have retained the surname as their own. Regards,


MORRISETTE/MARZETTE – looking for information about the descendants of Bland Morrisette and Polly Hatcher (married 1870) in River Beat, Dallas County.

BONNER – Ned and Annie Bonner found on 1870 census with children Wiley and Ritta, living in Pleasant Hill Beat, Dallas County. Had eleven children: William, Ritta, Mary, Jacob, Jack, Knowledge, Anna, Etta, Jeff, Sarah and Wisdom.


James Taylor Rice married Janie Herring Taylor on Feb 21, 1931, in Selma, Dallas, Alabama. James was born in Asheville, North Carolina around 1895 and Janie was born in Clarke Co., Mississippi around 1895. She first married Ed Taylor in Mississippi or Alabama. What happened to them? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. She is my grandmother.


Gardner Harrison married Evelyn Taylor in Selma, Dallas Co., Alabama on Oct 27, 1934. He was born around 1911 in Ragland Ala. and Evelyn was born around 1916 in Dallas Co., Alabama. Evelyn is my grandmother’s sister and we haven’t heard from them since 1939. Does anyone know them? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


Should you run across information about my grandfather, William Hutchinson Norris who served as a senator from Dallas County and who migrated to Brazil in 1865, would you be kind enough to pass it on to me? I am having difficulty finding info about him and some of his family that remained in Alabama when he went to South America. Thank you in advance.


Looking for information on Carl Raymond Fisher married to Anna Billingsly. They had 5 children (Maude, Billy, Marion, Charles, and Sis?) 4 girls and one boy. Carl had 2 brothers Mark and Pete. I hope what I have given you will help. Charles was born on Feb 14, 1921. This is all I have. Thanks.


HIGGINBOTHAM, John Thomas was born in 1820 in Dallas County, Ala. Son of William Higginbotham. Thomas married Louisa ?? abt 1845 probably in Bienville Parish, La.


I need information on WILLIAM FATHEREE b:1817 in Georgia, Wife: MARY—? b:1822 in Alabama. Children: Isabella Ann b:1841 d: 1916, E.P., Mary I., Caroline, John, Didy, & Arabella Fatheree, All born in Dallas Co. Al. The family was in Dallas Co. in 1850 & 1860. Where were they after 1860, what was Mary’s maiden name, When & Where did they marry & die? Any information will be appreciated.


I am looking for information about the YOAST and CARMICHAEL families. Andrew Yoast b. 1794 in VA married Rachel Carmichael b. 1796 in TN. Rachel was the daughter of George CARMICHAEL and Hannah ALLISON. They both died and are buried in Dallas Co., AL. Hannah’s will was proved in Dallas Co., in 1837. George died before that. I believe Andrew YOAST may be the son of Francis YOST. Any help or info would be appreciated.


I’m looking for a Buddy Bohannon who may have been in Dallas County between 1841 and 1846. He was married to Jane Street and had two sons. Around 1846 he was shot and killed. He may be a nephew to another Buddy Bohannon who operated a boarding house in the Cowtaba area around 1850 and was married to a Nancy Pritchard.
I’m mainly investigating the circumstances surrounding Buddy’s death.


Looking for information on E. M. WILSON born about 1834 in AL, married to Sarah Jane COLE on October 21, 1847, in Dallas Co. Sarah Jane was the daughter of William and Jane COLE. William and Jane COLE’S children were: Nancy, Polly, John Wesley, Jesse Richison, William Riley, George Washington and Sarah Jane. E. M. WILSON lived next to N.B. WILSON in 1860 Dallas Co. census. Do not know the connection. E.M. and Sarah’s children were: Mary J., William W., Martha C., Alice, John, Rett. WILSON’s family later moved to Central Arkansas: Lonoke, Faulkner and White Counties.


Ellisor is the surname I would like to add. I understand a Joshua Malachi Ellisor is listed on the 1850 census as a 16 yr old boy possibly in the household of Jacob Ellisor Jr. Then Joshua Malachi is listed in 1855 in Anderson Co. Texas marrying Lucy Chaffin. I would like very much to confirm that Joshua is the son of Jacob Jr. and if they came from South Carolina.


I am looking for relatives from my late father Eugene Fondren. I don’t have a lot to go on. He lived in Shreveport, Louisiana. He died in 1989, November. If you have any info I would be grateful


Irby, Francis Cleveland, “Cleve”, dob 8 Sept 1935, POB Vaughan Mem. Hosp.


(1) Looking for descendants of Ann and Dillon Blevins (both born 1750) and buried in Selma along with some of their children and grandchildren. Marriages between Blevins and Seawell and Moore. Also, information from any workers on a large Blevins farm in operation out from Selma before 1860.

(2) Seeking information on Amarilla Blevins, who married a Mr Moore of Moore’s Bluff in the mid-1800s.


I am looking for information on the Surname Hardy. My people were from the Hardy Plantation located near Selma, Alabama. Allen Hardy was my great grandfather’s name.


Researching M. Harris, listed in 1860 Census, Dallas Co. The entry states M.HARRIS, age 40, born Ala., wife, FEBY, age 40, born Ala. Children, MINTY, age 10, born Ala., ROSE, age 7, born Ala., YOUNG, age 5, born Ala. MINNIE and JOHN YOUNG were in Milam Co., TX by 1875. Anybody knows of this family. Any help is appreciated. Regards,


Brothers Joseph Maxwell(SC 1783-1860 AL) and James W. Maxwell (dates unk) and their families came from SC in the 1820s and settled in the Carloville area. They lived near their sister, Sarah, Mrs Thomas David Rumph and her family. We are seeking information on the ancestors and descendants of the brothers. Names involved in our search are William Maxwell (b. 1820) and Thomas L. Maxwell (AL 1829- AL 1903) sons of Joseph. Also William A. Maxwell (SC 1850- AL 1870), James Franklin Maxwell (SC 1832-AL 1903) and David Rumph Maxwell (AL 1832-1908 TX),


Need marriage date for Henry Sheppard Lee and Lou Ella Summerlin. First child, Hulitt, was born in 1899. Thanks.


William MOORE b C1836 SC, wife Unity or Eunice Unk.; 1870 Dallas Co. census. Ch: William MOORE b 1866, Elmira MOORE b 1866, and Frank MOORE b 1868 in Selma, AL. The latter (my grandfather) moved to TX in 1895. What happened to the rest of his family is a complete mystery. I would be grateful for any AL reference to Wm b1836, any record of his marriage, or any data at all. Thank you so much.


Searching for the family of * ELIZA E. BOGAN She married (c1836) WILLOUGHBY TODD of Dallas County, AL, and resided in Dallas County 1836-1853; then moved into Lowndes Co., AL where she lived 1853-1870. Died (1870) in Lowndes County; burial detail unknown.


Lillie Alabama BATES was born 25 Nov 1869; died 28 May 1930. Living in Selma at the time of death. Married William C. BARNES. Member of Mulberry Baptist Church. Obituary states surviving family as one daughter, Mrs Emma BARNES of Selma, four sisters, Mrs S. J. MILSTEAD of Riderwood; Mrs D. H. GENTRY and Mrs A. S. ATCHISON of Thorsby, and Mrs John BARREET of Plantersville; and nine brothers; A. C. BATES, H. L. BATES, J. R. BATES, T. J. BATES, all of Selma, D. H. BATES of Birmingham, O. G. BATES of Charleston, S.C., and S. H. BATES of Toledo, Ohio, and O. F. and Floyd BATES of Clanton. Interment was at El Bethel Cem. near Plantersville. Lillie A. BATES was my great-grandmother. Emma BARNES my grandmother. I’d appreciate any information on this family and/or El Bethel Cem. or Mulberry Baptist Church during this period. I will love to share what information I have. Thanks!


I’m looking for information on the Wesley Plattenburg family that appears in both the 1850 and 1860 censuses. I believe he is the same Wesley Plattenburg born in West Virginia (VA at the time) or possibly Ann Arundel Co., MD. Wesley was a son of George Plattenburg/Blattenberger originally from Lancaster Co. PA.

I have much Plattenburg data to share, my web page is http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/1289. All help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.


I am researching the Bridges family. They were in Dallas Co. in the 1830’s.


I am searching for a KING family in Dallas County. I have a listing of 15 children from Alfred Benjamin KING and his wife Rebecca H. ?. I mostly have initials, but some perhaps you may recognize one of them or a name, so I’m listing them below:

     N.A.              F    b. abt. 1826
     Emanuel           M    b. abt. 1828
     Curtis  W.        M    b. abt. 1829
     Amanda  E.        F    b. abt. 1830   (married Daniel Armour  1-17-1848)
     S.S.              F    b. abt. 1832
     R.  L.            F    b. abt. 1834
     J.R.              M    b. abt. 1835
     H.L.  King        F    b. abt. 1838
     John  H.          M    b. abt. 1840   (died in Civil War 12-20-1862)
     Martha  M         F    b. abt. 1810
     Robert  H.        M    b. abt. 1842   (died in   Civil War Second Manassas
     VA  9-1862)
     Alfred Benjamin   M    b. abt. 1844
     Phillip Milhouse  M    7-8-1845 Benton, Dallas Co AL  (my  g-grandfather)
     C.A.              M    b. abt. 1849
     Frances  H.A.          b. abt. 1849


I am looking for information on a WILLIAM BAILIFF and ROBERT BAILIFF. Their names appear on the 1840 Perry County census index. Can anyone help me with these individuals?

I also am looking for any info on an ISHMAEL BAILIFF who married an MRS. MINERVA I BENTLEY on Aug 29, 1840. Their marriage appeared in Marriage Book I 1818-1845 for DALLAS CO, AL.

Any help on any of these BAILIFFs will be greatly appreciated.


Need a marriage date for my grandmother Lou Ella Summerlin Married Henry Sheppard Lee. Their first child was born around August of 1899. I would think their marriage would have been within a year of that date. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.